Assuming the role of teacher, coach or trainer carries the weight of substantial responsibility. We turn to these leaders in our industry to benefit from their experience with the aim of advancing our own careers.
Last week, I introduced the concept that a healthy relationship between a student and teacher ideally develops from teacher controlled to student controlled.
· Inexperienced amateur student to intermediate to experienced skilled student
· External feedback, teacher control high to shared responsibility to internal feedback, student control high.
Successful coaches and teachers often invest heavily in their students through time and emotional resources. It can be difficult to hand over the reins and let their students assume some of the responsibility for their development and continued progress, but a skilled instructor knows when to do just that. Keeping a tight hold for fear of losing control of the relationship, money from fees, or unattained championships is not only a disservice to your student but also unethical in a role of responsibility.
How can you help your students learn to assume some responsibility for their own development as an athlete through internal feedback and self-correction?
· First, understand the natural progression of an inexperienced student who requires constant feedback and support to an independent student who learns to rely more on his/her own experience and judgements but continues to seek appraisal and advice from their coach and/or peers.
· Learn to recognize the signs that your student is ready to assume some responsibility. S/he may start to challenge or question some calls by his/her coach. This should be viewed as a positive sign of development rather than a threat to leadership.